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Posted : 2013-03-21 21:06
Updated : 2013-03-21 21:06

Park's former professor dies

Prof. Rhee Man-young
By Kwon Ji-youn

Prof. Rhee Man-young, President Park Geun-hye's former professor and a leading scholar of cryptology, died on March 19 aged 89.

Prof. Rhee is survived by his wife Kim Ok-rang, daughter Joo-hoon and two sons, Jong-hoon and Jung-hoon.

Born in 1924 in Seoul, Rhee graduated from Seoul National University's (SNU) College of Engineering with a degree in electrical engineering.

He received a master's and doctoral degree at the University of Colorado Graduate School, and taught at Hanyang University, Seoul.

In 1962, he produced the nation's first electronic calculator, and in 1972 he taught Park Geun-hye, now President, as a Fulbright exchange professor at Sogang University.

He also taught at SNU's College of Engineering and Kyung Hee University.

Rhee was president of the Korea Institute of Information Security and Cryptology from 1990 to 1998, and is acknowledged for his contribution to academia.

His funeral is set for March 22.

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